Tuesday, April 08, 2008

33 Reasons Why I'm Happy To Be Me

Today is my birthday.

I am 33 years old. (I know, I don't look a day over 32...)

I am pregnant with my fourth child.

I am married to the most perfect man. Perfect for me at least, which is how it should be.

I have three amazing children who remind me everyday why I've always wanted to be a mother.

I have a beautiful home that I am grateful to live in.

I have parents who love and adore me and go out of their way to make sure I'm taken care of.

I have a brother who makes me laugh and has become an amazing confidant over the years.

I have in-laws who have taken all my egocentric tastes and eccentricities and welcomed me as one of their own.

I have friends who spoil me rotten and treat me like gold. I am eternally grateful for each of their influences in my life. Go here or here to see what I mean.

(Erica, Christy, Me and Michele celebrate last October.)

I have finally matured enough to not care so much what other's think of me.

I spent the weekend taking care of myself for a change and it felt really nice.

I know my children love me.

I know my husband loves me.

(Brad giving me the house at Christmas.)

I know my Heavenly Father loves me.

I love that I have an education and can rely on it at any time I need.

I have the eyes of my grandparents and it makes me smile.

I can usually make people laugh which always comes in handy.

I am passionate about the things I believe in and will fight for them.

I make yummy food. (Hence, the waistline...)

I'm not afraid to be bold with color in my house (pictures of my bedroom coming later this week!)

I love to laugh and probably do so more than the average bear.

I have survived the thing I always dreaded the most as a child, my parents divorcing, and have come out stronger and closer to both of them.

I have maintained lifelong friendships and know that I will always have wonderful people in my life.

(Connor, Kelly, Me and Brad celebrating Christmas and 29 years of friendship in December)

I am insane about painted toes.

I am my husband's biggest fan.

I am my children's greatest support.

I am loud, crazy, wild and outspoken and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I have a great amount of empathy and always feel the hurt of others.

I have my mother's hands.

I have a love of chocolate like no other.

I keep an orderly house.

I love people and a house full of lots of them.

I feel the love of my birthday well wishers, both near and far, and find tears in my eyes at the goodness of those around me.

Thanks everyone! And Happy Birthday to me!


Jan said...

You know how awesome I think this post was. Well it would probably put you in early labor if you knew the full extent. It was wonderful seeing you the other day. And your friends are so darling. Go team go. LOL.... I love the list of the reasons to love yourself. You are all that and I am sure the list will get bigger by the end of the day. Happy Birthday Karen and I most definately covet your fridge. Did you enjoy the bar? You should have tried the peppermint one. It was fantabulous.

Kelly said...

Superbly written Karen. You are all of those things and much more.
Have the happiest of days, and thanks for being the genuine you that we all love!

Movie Queen said...

Happy Birthday Karen! I hope at 33 I will have your confidence and self-assurance. You are awesome.

debsters said...

Thanks for sharing your blessings. I agree, you don't look a day over 32. Have a great day. You really are an amazingly friendly, wonderful person.

Marilyn said...

Karen, I was hoping that you would post today. You are one of my favorite people because I can always count on smiling when I am around you. You just have "it". You are fun to be around.

I love this post!
Happy Birthday!

Heather said...


Enjoy the last birthday you will ever have with "that belly". It will soon be a distant memory, at least we can only hope.

Sara said...

Happy Birthday. Enjoy your day you deserve it. You our an amazing woman and I truly admire you. Thank you for sharing the things that make you so special and wonderful.

Kris said...

You have so many things to make you happy on this special day! I hope your Birthday is a Wonderful one! Thanks for sharing.

Tharker said...

Happy Birthday Karen. I love this list. You are all that and a bag of chips!

You are one of the most geniune people that I know. I'm so thankful for having the chance to know you these last several years.

Enjoy your day, and the Lettuce Wraps too!

Sarah said...

I loved your list! Hope this birthday is fantastic like you.

meohmyers said...

How could you stop at 33? This list could be a mile long. There's so many qualities in you that I admire. Hope you're having a great birthday today!

Lindsay said...

Happy Birthday!

Great list, by the way! You are all those wonderful things on your list.

I really hope you have a fantastic day/evening!

polka dots said...

Happy Birthday Karen! Love how passionate you are about things that matter.

Melissa said...

What a fantastic list! I hope you have a wonderful day and that your family and friends treat you like a Princess :)

::DANDEE:: said...

Happy birthday to you, Karen! I'm sure you're being spoiled as I type this. And that's the way it should be!

Nan said...

same birthday as my husband. Crazy.

Happy B-day!

Nicole said...

Sorry to be a slacker. I did think about you all day yesterday. I hope you had a terrific day! My very favorite thing about you is : you always make everyone feel better about themselves when they are around you. You have the gift!

Love you! Happy 33rd!

Ms. Kristen said...

I have to agree with Nicole! You are amazing! You always look for the good in others! I always feel great around you!
I love that you put, you have your mothers' hands....I look down once in awhile and see my mothers and grandmothers hands too!
I love your house decorations....so you!
Did Hannah survive without you this past weekend! That was sweet when she immeadiatley started dwelling on the fact that her mom was leaving! So sweet! She loves you so much!
I am glad you were spoiled! Any women carry child should be doubley spoiled!
I love your play list! I am blaring it while I sort through my files! Great taste

Jacob & Annette Rose said...

Hey! I love your list! It was so fun to see you last night. Happy Birthday, I think you are d-d-d-d-definately my favorite new friend, even if you do live in Pasco (I can look past that!) JK-all you pasco-ites! You are a riot... How come we didn't break out Rock Band last night? Next time!

hatch said...

Happy Birthday! I love your list. You are such a cool girl! It is always a fun time when ever you are around. I hope that your day was a great one!